What are the Different Types of Adjustable Shower Head?

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The different types of adjustable shower head include nozzles with different water spray patterns, varying degrees of applied water pressure, and those which are attached to flexible arm attachments. This type of fixture allows every person using one single shower head to enjoy a customized experience that is tailored to their preferences. These units are sold in a variety of sizes and popular metal finishes, including chrome, brushed nickel, and oil rubbed bronze.

One type of adjustable shower head allows the user to change the spray pattern of the water coming out of the nozzle. The head feature is typically patterned with multiple water openings which are activated depending on the dial setting of the nozzle. Some common spray patterns are massage, rain, and rotating. A massage spray focuses the water in a hard and fast stream to target painful muscles. A rain setting provides a standard water mist, while the rotating setting cycles the water through targeted bursts.

An adjustable shower head may feature only one spray pattern for the water, but allows the user to change the force which is delivered. This type of nozzle typically offers a handle at the back of the head which may be turned up or down for more or less pressure. Water may be sprayed at a force of 2.5 gallons (9.5 liters) per minute for a hard spray, or less for a soft drizzle, depending on the preferences of the individual taking the shower.


Shower heads may be referred to as adjustable if they are attached to the water pipe via a moving arm or hose. The first style of flexible arm can be adjusted up or down in length by extending or retracting the rod. This type of adjustable shower head can be moved to suit the height of each individual using the fixture. The second style utilizes a flexible hose, made of rubber or segmented chrome, that can bend and fold to virtually any position. This style of shower head is beneficial for individuals who cannot stand in the shower or for parents bathing children in a sitting position, and need to remove the nozzle completely.

Individuals who wish to customize their shower spray on each of the three levels may purchase an adjustable shower head that incorporates every feature. The nozzle is detachable via a flexible hose and can provide any level of water pressure in a variety of spray patterns. This type of shower head is typically more expensive than purchasing a model which only addresses one level of adjustability.


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